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sydney alternative media - non-profit community independent trustworthy
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Sunday political talkies: Nelson off the ropes for pivotal week before long parliamentary break
Mood:  chatty
Topic: aust govt

Author’s general introductory note (skip this bit if you know this regular weekly column):

This is not a well packaged story. It’s a contemporaneous traverse of the Sunday television free to air political talkies indicating the agenda of Establishment interests: Better to know ones rivals and allies  in Big Politics and Big Media.


Indeed it’s the tv version monitoring task similar to what Nelson Mandela refers to here in his book Long Walk to Freedom (1994, Abacus) written in Robben Island prison (where he was meant to die like other African resister chiefs of history in the 19C), at page 208


“..newspapers are only a shadow of reality; their information is important to a freedom fighter not because it reveals the truth, but because it discloses the biases and perceptions of both those who produce the paper and those who read it.”


Just substitute ‘Sunday tv political talkie shows’ for "newspapers" in the quote above.

For actual transcripts go to web sites quoted below except with Riley Diary on 7. And note transcripts don’t really give you the image content value.



Media backgrounder – this section under construction till later Sunday/Monday


-         Heath Gilmore SunHerald Sydney has ALP aligned developers promoting Badgery’s Creek 2nd airport by 2009 only 12 months away, [while fuel costs will surely crush airline sector?] In the story is one long time ALP maaate Aaron Gadiel as predicted by Alex Mitchell way back on January 31sto 08 in crikey.com.au

-         Iemma cynical govt pushes 25 year 1.1M increase in Sydney population to rationalize their front ending of hyper environmental impacting developments, [no way of knowing the real future of Sydney, likely to be greatly disrupted not least cyclone activity or sea rise. More likely to be 1.1M increase in Hobart.] These guys have no vision or expertise in delivering ecological sustainability.

-         Strange attacks on their peers in the Big Media by The Australian about not being players only reporters – pot calls kettle black! Exhibit 1 Hartigan Rudd summiteers.

- whole pile of noteworthy Gong gate ALP corruption stories in washout of the ICAC hearings to list asap

- whole pile of dangerous climate change/ economic restructure stories to list, indeed read myself, and post not least Matthew Warren and other business related coverage in The Australian

- Weekend press update in due course too


Sunday 9, 7.30am- 9.30am


-         Another bite at TWU re transparency of election donations via Ross Coulthard

-         Feature on 18 year old ‘CEO’ of Oaktree Foundation, youth charity for poverty. History in png and now South Africa eg SOWETO, toothy liberal blue blood with a heart all about grooming and morale boost of conservative side of politics re noblesse oblige. Looks quite real though choreography is obvious.

-         TWU story cranks up a notch with ‘secret fund’ no declaration of donations to assorted NSW ALP MP’s in March 07 election. [The donations were declared by the MPs so really about integrity of accounting and reporting within the TWU to their members who may or may not support ALP. But no revelations that union supported anti Work Choices political candidates (though state level for a federal policy is a bit off song).  Serious sources, including current TWU official likely to be sacked. The damage is allegation of a protection racket abuse of right of entry rules investigate a breach of an award/ safety regulation. Tony Sheldon as head of union does present like a seriously physically fit tough guy. Allegation is one of “industrial blackmail” payments to a secret fund such as Linfox of $100K to the union “training” fund.

-         Laurie Oakes determined probing of  Deputy PM Gilliard who has the guts to front the show immediately after. Notes state MP’s declared. Dwelling on Sheldon question appointed to national transport commission. Gillard makes some good points. Relies on current checks/balances.

-         LO to new topic Jarring disjunction of Gillard doing education as well as IR in the middle of the interview. Does help soften her persona to be talking about a constructive education agenda.

-         First section LO interview clashed with Riley diary 835-8.40am







10 Meet the Press:  8- 8-30 am


Missed the start

-         Joe Hockey is the talent. Campbell Newman wins in Qld Brisbane mayoral election as symbolic way forward. “determined to be an effective opposition” is the resonating phrase, if they hang on to that, they will have got to base camp 1.

-         out take slick green message by Steve Fielding buying into the Greens cache with “message in this bottle, I’m no longer trash, I’m cash” container deposit agenda

-         Ex MP Warwick Smith  re upcoming summit, used to work for Macquarie Bank for 10 years revealed by E Hall. Bingo! Rabbits on about water and skills base. Talks talks talks. Cooperation for financing for infrastructure – but won’t be specific. Talking like a real estate spiv, and Huey Long carpet bagger. E Hall looks depressed! Milne grabs the theme – immigrants to the country out of Sydney. Davis won’t bite on this real driver of.


Panel rare appearance Eleanor Hall of World Today, Glen Milen, both serious players. Clashed with Coulthard feature story.




Meet The Press - Watch Political Video Online - Channel TEN.




Riley Diary 7


Missed the start – Adams Family ‘Lurch’ theme quite amusing, priceless footage of the weird family, Steve Fielding footage made the cut again. Skepticism about Rudd leveraging Jackie Chan 25 hours of same builders labourers life 30 years ago in Canberra. Was a bit lame cult of celebrity stuff but in a worthy cause of a donation to John Curtin School of Medical Research (declaration, worked there part time 2 years).








Insiders 2: 9- 10am


Panel on press round up, Annabel Crab (SMH Fairfax), Brian Toohey (AFR Fairfax), Andrew Bolt (Herald Sun Melb)


Turnbull footage praising Tanner as competent to damn Swan as Treasurer.


Lindsay Tanner is talent as finance minister, looking hard worked (bags under eyes), and sounding verbally sharp and even amusing.


Refers several times to ‘phoney’ campaign, “getting in touch with their inner mother Theresa” – Cassidy notes Opposition had a good week.


Typical of both sides personalized scorn from Tanner.


Bolt: ‘control freak no. 1 is going to be out of the country for 2-3 weeks prior to the budget. Toohey re actuarial figure $100B saving over 15 years with tax concession on superannuation (?).


Paul Kelly – ‘politics of losers’ for next 2 months.  Govt – a lot of middle class welfare. Copped the work choices scare campaign and learned from that method, as per last week.


Panel giving Nelson a rap for emotional intelligence – has to make more sense less conflicted logic. [stand out was abc radio coverage of “for God sake just tell the Australian People” re carer’s bonus].


Expose of Pfizer pandering to the ego of stakeholder ministers.


Interesting chat



Home page is http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/

Posted by editor at 12:25 PM NZT
Updated: Sunday, 16 March 2008 12:51 PM NZT

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